Get out and vote

It’s election time again. We’re all getting more than just a little tired of the TV commercials and billboards and mailers, and various ads. People moan and declare that they’re all crooks or that they have their own ego-driven agendas.…

Causes and Effects? Or Effects and Causes?

By Merle Widmer, Peoria County Board Member The schools blame the parents for poorly performing kids. The parents blame the schools for poorly performing schools. There is plenty of blame for both. But a closer examination is required. Where did…

Thankful

On a shelf in our home is a glass jar, half-full of rocks. Each rock is inscribed with a date and a short phrase stating a significant event of God’s providence in our life. We just added a new rock…

Ode to Oprah

“After 28,000 guests, 4,400 episodes and 24 years on the air, The Oprah Winfrey Show has reached its final season,” reads the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. I was riveted to the television when her show’s Farewell Season…

West Peoria News for November 2010

Election for West Peoria political offices is April 5, 2011. Petitions are now available to be circulated for the following four-year term positions in the April 5, 2011 City of West Peoria consolidated election. Offices up for election are: mayor,…

Peoria County 4H members win awards

Local Peoria County 4-H members, Isaac Forney and Justin Keyt of the Jubilee Patriots 4-H Club finished first place at the 60th Annual National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Event in West Lafayette, Indiana, September 26-28, 2010. They competed in…

Musings for November 2010

Two incidents set me back during the month of October, and I am feeling some repercussions. The first thing was that I started going through pictures of events in our family taken over many years. I have been putting them…

Happenings for November 2010

now thru Nov. 7 – Chrysanthemum Show @ Luthy Botanical Gardens. Call: (309) 686-3362. Admission: Adults- $2.00 Children 12 & under- FREE. now thru Jan. 9, 2011 – Lakeview Museum- Audubon at the Lakeview Museum. Call: (309) 686-7000. Nov. 4…

Say ‘hello’ to Vivian at Glen oak Zoo

Vivian, a 13-month-old female giraffe, arrived Sunday morning from Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina. Zoo officials have been keeping her quarantined in the giraffe barn to ensure she’s adjusting to her new surroundings. Vivian was hand-raised at the Riverbanks…

Cell Phones: Newest Library Tool

The Peoria Public Library RSACat online catalog now enables customers to text call numbers of catalog items to their phones. If you’re looking at an item you want, but are not inside the library at the time, you can text…

FOOD DRIVE AND COATS FOR KIDS

Mayor Ardis is partnering again with The Salvation Army and the Midwest Food Bank to organize a community wide food drive, and collect Coats for Kids. The food and coat drive will take place on November 26th, in conjunction with…

GORDON HONORED FOR WORK TO IMPROVE EDUCATION

Representative Jehan Gordon (D-Peoria) last week received the Illinois Downstate Caucus Education Advocate Award for the 96th General Assembly for her work in improving schools in the area. “I am honored and humbled to receive this award. Ensuring that our…

Library Construction Update

The public is already enjoying new sidewalks next to and in front of the Main Library. The drive along Route 6 shows passers-by a North Branch building that is quickly being finished on the outside. At Lincoln Branch, utilities lines…

November at Proctor Hospital

FAMILY MATERNITY CENTER CLASSES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY The Family Maternity Center at Proctor Hospital offers an array of classes for everyone in the family including moms, dads, siblings and grandparents. Most classes are free. Here’s what’s coming up for…